Contemplations of Miro is one of Ingrid’s most recent abstract works. There is wonderful movement in the painting as the amorphous figures seem to float and dance on the canvas. Using paint and resin, the shapes appear to jump from the canvas. The shapes evoke a feeling of strange sea creatures or perhaps as viewed under a microscope. The bright colors are evocative and there is a welcoming, whimsical sense to the painting.
As in all of Ingrid’s work, layers are integral to her creations, Contemplations of Miro is no exception. The large shapes are the first thing the viewer sees, but as we continue on one starts to see tightly written poetry flowing throughout the painting. There is a sense of reading the poem without actually reading it, more like absorbing the essence or the raw emotion of the poem. As we look deeper, we see faint rings of paint. These fine lines lead our eyes around the composition subconsciously. Again another layer for the mind to discover. It is a kind of three dimensional dance on a two dimensional surface. And the longer one looks, the more one sees. It is a work that one wants to pull up a chair in front of, get comfortable and just…look. Contemplations is an apt title for the work.
This work and other beautiful abstracts are now showing at Galerie Zuger in Vail Colorado.
Ingrid’s work at her upcoming show in Vail will mostly feature her newest abstract work. It may seem like a departure, but it is actually the work within the work that is being exposed. Each layered piece begins with an abstract painting; the figurative construction grows from that point outwards.
Recently, she set one of the abstract works aside and carefully considered it, lived with it. It was too good to hide, so she decided to keep it that way and start again with another background. Before long, Ingrid had several abstract works. Though they are very different from the layered works, they are also very similar in mood and composition. Complex and hauntingly beautiful, they are a natural expression to her artistic style.
The exhibition in Vail will present her newest works, both abstract and transparent layers. To see them together is a rare opportunity and a fascinating look inside the artistic process. It is well worth a visit. The exhibition opens this Thursday, December 29th at Galerie Zuger, Vail. Ingrid will be at the drop-in reception from 11 – 7. Stop by if you are in the area, and Happy New Year.
Galerie Zuger, is in central Vail on the main floor of the Solaris Building next to Nobu Matsuhisa Restaurant (overlooking the ice-skating rink) at 141 East Meadow Drive, www.galeriezugervail.com 970.476.5619